Justin started his swim career over 20 years ago. He last competed as a NCAA Division I swimmer at Bradley University, Peoria, IL. While at Bradley he was team captain and competed in 400 IM, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle over his four years. He also started his coaching career in Peoria, working as an Assistant Age Group Coach for the Peoria Area Water Wizards from 1997-2000. His next coaching stop was with the Arlington Heights Muskies from 2003-2008 (3 years as Assistant, and 3 years as Head Coach). Under his guidance and that of the coaching staff the Muskies program grew from 40 swimmers to over 200 swimmers in 2008.
Justin then had the opportunity to start and build the Women’s Swim Team at Robert Morris University (Chicago, IL) where he served as the Head Coach from 2008-2011. In each of those first 3 seasons the team qualified for the NAIA National Swim Championships. Justin then had the opportunity to help Robert Morris Athletics grow as the Director of Athletics for Central Illinois, with the addition of 5 new teams and more than 150 student-athletes recruited from 2011-2014.
Coach Justin believes in a strong emphasis on stroke technique and development. Always stating that, “Good Practice Habits make Good Meet Habits.” Through good technique and development endurance and strength will grow. Justin comes to the Wheaton Sport Center as the Head Coach for the Stingrays program, and the Aquatics Manager.